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• on whether to secede from the north and form a fully independent country. e two sides smile and nod toward the pact, afraid that breaking it will invite international intervention. At the same time they wage a sub- terranean war of allegation and antagonism. e depths of that duplicity---and the dark prospects for peace---became clear to me midway through my time in Sudan, when half a dozen men in suits accosted me at the airport in Juba, the south's capital. ey bundled me into a truck full of soldiers bristling with assault ri es and drove me to a compound in the city. ere they took my phone and camera, denied me access to water or a toilet during a day and a night of interrogation. ey refused to call the United States Consulate. ey were, it turned out, south- ern Sudanese intelligence agents. e arrest bewildered me, not just because they wouldn't level any charges but also be- cause their behavior ew against the warmth and goodwill southern Sudanese usually show Westerners. at night, as they released me, a security o cer named Gas explained: e intel- ligence agency had thought I was a spy. "We have been thinking for several weeks that Khartoum might recruit an American," he said. "An Ameri- can would be perfect, because we allow them to move so freely through our country." I found out later that a driver who had tried to extort money from me had then reported me as a spy, but the incident underscores how deep the suspicion is between north and south. So the question arises: Amid such animos- ity, why hasn't the north simply let the south break away? And again the answer is geography. Geography that is now binding them together in a new way: oil. Much of the oil is in the south, but the north, where all the re neries are, con- trols the distribution of pro ts. while still in the womb, in a way. Arriving as he did. A couple of years earlier his mother had delivered twins, and one of them died before Logocho's birth. So according to Murle tradi- tion, he took his dead brother's place, along- side a twin who was stronger, faster. Who loved cows. Who traveled with their father during the dry season instead of staying in the village with the women. One day when Logocho was nine, his father summoned him. He threatened to withhold the boy's birthright---cows---so Logocho would not An SPLA soldier came to Logocho's camp. e soldier's power---of identity in his uniform, of purpose in his weapon---burned itself into the boy's mind. He devised a plan.